His flutes shine like otherworldly beams of light.
Early Music America, Magazine Summer 2009
Since 30 years Norbert Rodenkirchen dedicates himself to the artistic dialogue between old and new sounds, between middle ages and today. Besides intensive regular work with internationally acclaimed ensembles like Sequentia and Dialogos as well as with his own medieval ensemble project Candens Lilium Norbert Rodenkirchen has created various medieval solo programs, most of which are also available on CD. Here you can find a small bundle of most recent projects which are all available for live performances. Please don´t hesitate to ask for more details (via the contact button)!
As a solo flautist Norbert Rodenkirchen is mostly known for his program "Hameln anno 1284 / Medieval flute music - On the trails of the Pied Piper". In 2011 he had been commissioned by the WDR radio to create a live program about the historic background of the ratcatcher legend from the perspective of Early Music, by playing music of the late 13th century, notably Wizlaw of Ruegen and old slawic dance fragments, using flutes of that period. Soon after he recorded and released a well received CD for the label note1/Christophorus label and played the recital "Hameln anno 1284" ever since in many places around the world, from Vancouver to Paris, Moscow, Cologne, Trieste, Munich and many more. The city of Hameln had kindly asked to use the recorded tracks of that program for its successful UNESCO application. The absolute highlight was the invitation to play this program as a solo recital in Jordan Hall at the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival in 2015. In springtime 2022 Norbert Rodenkirchen released a live CD of this solo program, recorded at Konzertkirken in Copenhagen. In August 2022 Norbert Rodenkirchen played the solo program as part of the first Early Music Festival in Ukraine with live audience since the Russian invasion, in Lviv.
In Europe this program can be booked directly by contacting the artist´s bureau, see "contact". For USA and Canada please contact the agency Seth Cooper Arts, see link below. Concerts with that program in the USA are concretely planned for mid October 2023. It is still possible to book some dates.
Meditative flute music of the Middle Ages
New CD release in July 2020 (live program premiered by Early Music Vancouver in June 2018)
nemu-records 023, July 2020
Recent ensemble project for 7 musicians:
Carmina Burana Today
Candens Lilium & Les Haulz et les Bas,
Artistic direction (transcriptions, reconstructions, arrangements): Norbert Rodenkirchen
A coproduction with Sabine Lutzenberger, Ian Harrison, Gesine Bänfer, Hanna Geisel, Philipp Lamprecht, Albrecht Maurer and Norbert Rodenkirchen (with shawms, bagpipes, drums, flutes, harp, fiddle, rebec, flutes and voices)